Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Third Day of Chalica 2013

Happy Chalica!

What will you do today to honor our Third Principle?

To the left is the children's version of our Principles, which is we are free to learn together.

It is interesting that it doesn't  say what you are to learn, just learn with someone else.  This a good day to have an older child read to a younger one. 

The adult version of this principle is: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.

Give gift(s) to honor fellow Unitarians and their spiritual journey.
Examples:
- a chalice / book / hymnal
- extend words of peace or forgiveness to a fellow Unitarian with whom you may have hurt / not understood in the past
- offer / take part in an event at your church / with your congregation
- church potluck

Some good books to read to children today are:
Aisha's Moonlit Walk: Stories And Celebrations For The Pagan Year by Anika Stafford
Butterflies Under Our Hats (Paraclete Books for Children) by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
A Lamp in Every Corner: Our Unitarian Universalist Storybook by Janeen K. Grohsmeyer
 Unitarian Universalism Is a Really Long Name by Jennifer Dant
Today might be a good day to just listen to all the Chalica songs. I have looking them over again trying to pick one for each day. 

Here's a couple of my favorite quotes that I think go with Day Three.
  The truth is that the more intimately you know someone, the more clearly you'll see their flaws. That's just the way it is. This is why marriages fail, why children are abandoned, why friendships don't last. You might think you love someone until you see the way they act when they're out of money or under pressure or hungry, for goodness' sake. Love is something different. Love is choosing to serve someone and be with someone in spite of their filthy heart. Love is patient and kind, love is deliberate. Love is hard. Love is pain and sacrifice, it's seeing the darkness in another person and defying the impulse to jump ship.

― Unknown

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

― Martin Luther King, Jr.
Blessed Be, 
Kathy

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